Explosion in Beirut

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut today.  We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy.  Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a ... Read More»

On the Chinese Communist Party’s Extra-Territorial Authoritarianism

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Chinese Communist Party cannot tolerate the free thinking of its own people, and increasingly is trying to extend its reach outside China’s borders. In the latest example, Chinese authorities have reportedly issued arrest warrants for six pro-democracy advocates resident outside of China, including a U.S. citizen. The United States and other free ... Read More»

Iran’s regime targets critics’ relatives to silence dissent

By ShareAmerica Iran’s regime is jailing relatives of political activists in an effort to silence critics at home and abroad, human rights advocacy groups say. The regime in July sentenced Alireza Alinejad, the brother of prominent regime critic Masih Alinejad, to eight years in prison on trumped up charges, according to the Center for Human Rights ... Read More»

Safety is top of mind as U.S. develops coronavirus vaccine

By ShareAmerica America, along with the rest of the world, is working swiftly to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Many people are pinning their hopes on the development of a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 that can stop the spread of the virus. Through its  Operation Warp Speed initiative , the Trump administration ... Read More»

U.S. scientists invite careful scrutiny

(State Dept./D. Thompson) By Lenore T. Adkins In the United States, reputable scientific journals set a high bar for scientists angling to publish their work, and for good reason. The journals don’t want to be duped into trumpeting bad science. Take  Science Immunology , one of several peer-reviewed journals published by the  American Association for the Advancement of Science , the world’s largest, multidisciplinary scientific society. (Note: ... Read More»

U.S. universities adapt to help international students

By  Lauren Monsen As U.S. colleges and universities plan for a new academic year, they are focusing on ways to keep international students safe while furthering their educations despite the new coronavirus pandemic. There are more than 1 million  international students  enrolled in U.S. higher-education institutions, according to the nonprofit Institute of International Education. They contributed more than $46 ... Read More»

On China’s Predatory Fishing Practices in the Galápagos

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The People’s Republic of China subsidizes the world’s largest commercial fishing fleet, which routinely violates the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states, fishes without permission, and overfishes licensing agreements. Given this unfortunate record of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, rule-breaking, and willful environmental degradation, it is more important than ever that the international community stands ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s trip to Imereti Region

This week Ambassador Degnan visited the beautiful region of Imereti. On the first day of her trip, the Ambassador toured the charming city of Kutaisi and the historic Okros Chardakhi Palace, where she heard the magnificent sounds of Georgian polyphonic singers performing traditional folk music.  The Ambassador met with Governor Zviad Shalamberidze and Acting Mayor ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON “Today, I expanded the scope of Iran metals sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear, military, and ballistic missile programs. Knowingly transferring any of these 22 metals to Iran is now sanctionable. Our pressure will continue until Iran behaves like a normal nation.” –Secretary Pompeo, Tweet, July 30, 2020 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO ON THE EXPANSION ... Read More»

On Sanctioning Human Rights Abusers in Xinjiang, China

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities rank as the stain of the century. The Trump Administration has led the world’s effort to impose tangible costs on the PRC’s continuous campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, intrusive surveillance, forced labor, forced population control, involuntary ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan Congratulates the Annual TVET Award Winners

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the annual Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Awards Ceremony. This event highlights the important work vocational schools do to help build Georgia’s human capital and establish a workforce necessary to drive the country’s economic growth. Originally established by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and currently ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Comment to Media at the annual Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Awards ceremony

Q-n about the importance of the Technical and Vocational Education Training Program Ambassador Degnan: Tonight was the fourth annual awards ceremony for the Technical and Vocational Education Training Program that the Millennium Foundation and the United States government support, along with the Ministry of Education. This is an important event to recognize the commitment, the ... Read More»

Expansion of the Scope of Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose a grave threat to international peace and security.  To address these threats, I am announcing a major expansion of the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions.  Today, the State Department is identifying 22 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic ... Read More»

The United States Applauds the EU’s Action on Cyber Sanctions

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes today’s announcement from the European Union’s High Representative Josep Borrell regarding the body’s first designations under its cyber sanctions framework. The United States and the EU share a vision for an open, interoperable, reliable and secure cyberspace, and for responsible behavior on the international stage.  Destructive, disruptive, or otherwise ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Fiscal Year 2021 State Department Budget Request

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON, DC SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you very much.  Today I’m here to present the – and testify about the President’s 2021 Budget.  It requests nearly $41 billion for the State Department and USAID, enabling both agencies to protect U.S. citizens, increase American prosperity, and advance the development of democratic societies.  And critically, ... Read More»

The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

This rolling collection of photos, tweets and articles offers a snapshot of the U.S. commitment to fighting COVID-19 worldwide. We will update this frequently. July 30 July 29 July 28 July 27 July 23 The U.S. government is providing  financial assistance and technical support to multiple Caribbean nations  fighting COVID-19. Help ranges from distribution of medical and protective equipment to support for programs in ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Kutaisi International Airport

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The United States is very proud to support the Georgian Government and the United Airports of Georgia in their effort to expand the Kutaisi airport. We’ve just done a tour of the new facility that is underway right now and it’s going to increase the flow of passengers almost five times, as ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Kutaisi Military Lyceum

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very interesting and useful briefing by the command here. The colonel reviewed the different missions that the western operational command plays, the vital role the western operational command plays in defending this part of Georgia, the very important role his men and women played in ... Read More»

Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak On the Administration’s Efforts to Promote Democracy

SPECIAL BRIEFING MICHAEL G. KOZAK, ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN: Hey. Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us for this on-the-record briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak. Ambassador Kozak will discuss the administration’s actions that have deepened democracy in the Western ... Read More»

Syria Sanctions Designations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the State Department and Treasury Department continued the United States’ sanctions campaign against the Assad regime by releasing 14 new designations under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and other authorities. This campaign began last month with the first round of Caesar Act designations. We have named today’s tranche of designations the Hama and Maarat Al-Numan sanctions. These names are meant to ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Governor Zviad Shalamberidze

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very good meeting with Governor Shalamberidze. We talked about local government, the important role that citizens play in making sure that their local officials know their concerns and priorities and are responsive to their concerns and priorities. We talked also about the upcoming elections and the preparations to ... Read More»

Eight Nominations Sent to the Senate

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Gregory Autry, of California, to be Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, vice Jeffrey DeWit, resigned. Mark C. Christie, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2025, vice Bernard L. McNamee, term expired. Allison Clements, of Ohio, ... Read More»

Release of the JUST Act Report

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On July 29, the Department of State released a report to Congress pursuant to the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017, which was adopted by Congress with broad, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump in May 2018. The JUST Act Report  highlights the important actions taken by countries to provide restitution of or ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing (July 28)

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 5:20 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Today my administration has taken a momentous step toward achieving American pharmaceutical independence — a very, very big, big step — a focus of our campaign to bring America’s critical supply chains and medical manufacturing back to the USA.  We’ve ... Read More»

Public Designation of Former Officials of the Illegitimate Maduro Regime Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption (July 28)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, I am announcing the designation of former Venezuelan Minister of Electric Power and President of Corpoelec, Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez, and former Venezuelan Deputy Minister of Finance, Investment, and Strategic Alliances for the Ministry of Electric Power and Director of Procurement of Corpoelec, Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez.  They have been designated for accepting monetary benefits, including bribes and kickbacks, in exchange for awarding ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan attends the World Hepatitis Day event at NCDC (July 28)

  Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze and representatives of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to mark World Hepatitis Day. Viral hepatitis remains a major global health threat, frequently labeled as a “silent epidemic”. Here in Georgia, the NCDC, with the support of the U.S. Centers for Disease ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Media Comments Following Event Marking World Hepatitis Day (July 28)

Q-n about the importance of World Hepatitis Day   Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Today is World Hepatitis Day, declared by the World Health Organization back in 2011. What is really important here is that Georgia is once again a leader in the effort to eliminate this devastating disease. Seventy thousand Georgians have been treated, tested; almost 70% ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Georgian Prime Minister Gakharia (July 27)

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Gakharia discussed the importance of the U.S. Georgia partnership and our close coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Pompeo also highlighted the importance of ... Read More»

First Lady Melania Trump Announces Plans to Restore and Enhance the White House Rose Garden (July 27)

First Lady Melania Trump is pleased to announce a significant renewal of the White House Rose Garden this summer. The restoration of this historic garden is a much-anticipated project meant to improve one of the most iconic locations on the White House grounds. The final design plan is the result of a collaboration by two ... Read More»

ONDCP’s Drug-Free Communities Program Highlights Trump Administration Success in Lowering Youth Substance Use (July 27)

Today the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its 2020 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) report, highlighting data proving the program continues to result in the consistent reduction of youth substance use rates. ONDCP released the  Executive Summary  and  Annual Report  for its DFC grant recipients, which work at the local level to prevent youth substance use, ... Read More»

Pompeo: The free world must triumph over China’s tyranny (July 27)

By Leigh Hartman – Jul 27, 2020 The free nations of the world must counter the Chinese Communist Party’s malign behavior, which threatens their people and prosperity. In a July 23 speech in Yorba Linda, California, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said that the belief that doing business with China would lead the Chinese Communist ... Read More»

Celebrating the 231st Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State (July 27)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the U.S. Department of State celebrates its 231st anniversary as the nation’s first executive agency. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role of U.S. diplomacy in advancing the interests, security, and economic prosperity of the American people. I commend the State Department team for their extraordinary work to promote and ... Read More»

U.S. sanctions architect of Uyghur internment (July 27)

By Leigh Hartman  – Jul 27, 2020 The U.S. has imposed sanctions against senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials responsible for “horrific and systematic abuses” against members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang. The July 9 sanctions , issued by the U.S. departments of Treasury and State, target Chen Quanguo, the party’s secretary in Xinjiang, who oversees  internment camps  where more than 1 ... Read More»

U.N. report cites atrocities for Venezuelans in mining area (July 27)

By Noelani Kirschner – Jul 27, 2020 The  Orinoco mining arc  in Venezuela is rife with human rights abuses, including sexual exploitation and trafficking, and killings, according to a United Nations report. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet  released a report  on July 15 that collected victim and witness accounts. They detail abuses committed against miners and indigenous people in the arc. ... Read More»

30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 26, 2020 Thirty years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law.  The ADA broke down barriers to access and opportunity, enabling millions of Americans with disabilities to utilize their talents and skills and contribute to strengthening this country.  Now Americans with disabilities have the right to access the same ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan speaks to young diplomats of Mikeladze Institute (July 24)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan discussed the role of diplomats in responding to international crisis such as COVID-19 with new and current Georgian Diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Mikaladze Institute.  Ambassador Degnan spoke about the new realities in diplomacy today and shared her reflections as a diplomat responding to international crises. During her virtual ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s media comments on the sidelines of the Ken Walker University Clinic opening ceremony (July 24)

Q-n about importance of Ken Walker University Clinic for Media Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very proud to be here for the opening of the Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation. This is an excellent example of what private companies, universities, USAID and the Georgian Government can do together, to help a sector of ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan attends opening ceremony of USAID-supported Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation (July 24)

Ambassador Degnan attends opening ceremony of USAID-supported Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation (July 24) Today, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan joined Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labor, and Social Affairs Ekaterine Tikaradze to attend the opening of the Ken Walker University ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #21 under COVID

VOTE: One Week Left to request your ballot for November U.S. Presidential Election: If you are eligible to vote, register for your absentee ballot by August 1. Go to  www.fvap.gov  for more info. Key links and FAQs also available on our website  here . ___________________ **Travel & COVID-19 ** See below for information on entering Georgia, departing Georgia, staying in Georgia, ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information for Georgia

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR GEORGIA (July 24, 2020)   PLEASE NOTE: There is a Global Level 4 Health Advisory in effect; this means ALL countries worldwide are at Level 4. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Read more  here . Please visit our  Messages and Alerts  page for regular updates regarding COVID-19 in Georgia. Country-Specific ... Read More»

Communist China and the Free World’s Future (July 23)

Communist China and the Free World’s Future (July 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA THE RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, thank you very much, Chris. Most generous. I’m not sure your grandfather would have recognized me. I have the great pleasure – in addition to welcoming all of you to the Nixon birthplace and ... Read More»

U.S. helps Caribbean countries fight COVID-19 (July 23)

U.S. helps Caribbean countries fight COVID-19 (July 23)   The U.S. government is providing financial assistance and technical support to multiple Caribbean nations fighting COVID-19. Assistance ranges from distribution of medical or protective equipment to support for programs in which young leaders engage students while schools are closed. The U.S. Department of Defense has delivered ... Read More»

U.S. rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ claims in South China Sea (July 22)

U.S. rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ claims in South China Sea (July 22)   The United States is standing with its Southeast Asian partners and allies to reject the People’s Republic of China’s unlawful claims in the  South China Sea . U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo,  in a July 13 statement , said most of the PRC’s maritime claims are “completely unlawful” and ... Read More»

U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)

U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)   U.S. businesses have donated at least $40 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the  fight against COVID-19 . “America’s partnership with ASEAN, now in its 43rd year, is at the heart of our vision for the Indo-Pacific,” said Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary ... Read More»

Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22)

Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22) Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a powerful tool for tracking and treating COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad. Several U.S. institutions are developing new AI technology or using preexisting technology to monitor and treat the new coronavirus. HealthMap, an AI application run by Boston Children’s Hospital, was launched ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (July 22)

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration. Begin Text: Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for the United States of America’s non-recognition ... Read More»

Message on the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration (July 22)

The Welles Declaration is a proud moment in the history of U.S. foreign policy and friendship with the peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Eighty years ago, the United States pointedly refused to recognize the illegal incorporation of the Baltic states into the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union’s criminal act was accomplished through the signing ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the Media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)   Ambassador Degnan: Gamarjobat! I had a truly inspiring meeting with Public Defender and her team. The work they are doing here, the very important monitoring role that this office provides, is at the very heart of ... Read More»

U.S. warns of business risks from China’s abuses (July 20)

U.S. warns of business risks from China’s abuses (July 20)   The PRC's human rights abuses in Xinjiang put businesses at risk of exposing their supply chains to forced labor and other abuses. Businesses must do their due diligence to avoid reputational, economic, and legal risks. Don’t be complicit. — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 1, 2020 The United ... Read More»

Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders (July 20)

Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders (July 20)   Protesters, journalists and women who refuse to wear a hijab all risk facing trial in Iran. But many of the lawyers trained to fight for those defendants are already in jail. According to a recent report from the Center for Human Rights in Iran, ... Read More»

Celebrate Space Exploration Day with a look at the 1st lunar landing [photo gallery] (July 20)

Celebrate Space Exploration Day with a look at the 1st lunar landing [photo gallery] (July 20)   Celebrate Space Exploration Day by looking up at the sky on July 20 and reflecting on human achievements in space and  all that’s to come . On July 20, 1969, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ... Read More»

Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices (July 20)

Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices (July 20)   Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to discuss local, State, and Federal Coronavirus response and ... Read More»

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)   Today, our Nation celebrates the essential role that American space exploration plays in the history and character of our country.  We honor our brave astronauts and space industry professionals—both past and present—and we pledge to continue to lead the world in pioneering deeper into space, ... Read More»

Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20)

Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State is publicly designating Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020.  This designation ... Read More»

U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 20)

U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 20)   “Authoritarian regimes are poorly designed to deal with the kind of crisis that this pandemic has engendered.  Democracies, where we are free to critique and comment … these are the kinds of places where scientists and freedom ... Read More»

This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era (July 20)

This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era (July 20)   When President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990, he specifically mentioned Lisa Carl, a young woman with cerebral palsy. Two years before joining the president for that signing ceremony, Carl had gone to ... Read More»

Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections (July 20)

Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections (July 20) MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Yesterday, the Assad regime held so-called Parliamentary Elections in Syria. Bashar Al Assad is seeking to present this dubious election as a success against alleged Western plotting, but in reality it is simply another in a long line of Assad’s stage-managed, unfree votes in which the Syrian people have ... Read More»

Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria (July 20)

Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria (July 20) MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a marketplace in Sudju, near Azaz and the Bab al Salam crossing. Initial reports indicate the attack killed eight and injured over 80, some of whom are in critical condition. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those harmed ... Read More»

China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)

China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exploited global business norms to drive its economic rise. Now the CCP is using its economic power to gain leverage over nations and businesses and limit freedoms around the world. In July 16 remarks  in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Attorney General William Barr detailed how the CCP is ... Read More»

From civil rights activist to member of Congress: Remembering John Lewis (July 20)

From civil rights activist to member of Congress: Remembering John Lewis (July 20) Civil rights hero and U.S. Representative John Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80. He had been battling pancreatic cancer since he received the diagnosis in December. The son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis was a central figure in the U.S. civil ... Read More»

U.S. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)

U.S. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)   Wildfires have become an increasingly pressing issue for Georgia, posing a threat to the property and lives of Georgian citizens. To help the local government combat wildfires, the U.S. Government has donated a $232,170 firetruck, equipped with four-wheel drive and ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan congratulates graduates of Rondeli Foundation’s National Security and Public Policy training program (July 17)

Ambassador Degnan congratulates graduates of Rondeli Foundation’s National Security and Public Policy training program (July 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made opening remarks at the Rondeli Foundation’s graduation ceremony for its National Security and Public Policy training program. The Ambassador was honored to personally congratulate the graduates of the esteemed program. Supported by ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17) Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the launch of “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia,” a forum for promoting non-partisan public opinion polling as a key component of Georgia’s democratic development. A ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan attends capstone exercise for two Georgian interns at Lugar Center (July 17)

Ambassador Degnan attends capstone exercise for two Georgian interns at Lugar Center (July 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined NCDC Director Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze and Deputy Director Dr. Paata Imnadaze to attend the graduation ceremony and Internship Capstone Exercise for two Georgian students participating in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAID) ... Read More»

Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect (July 16)

Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect (July 16)   For laws to be just, they must be clear. Citizens must know what is — and is not — against the law. Precise language helps ensure that laws are enforced fairly. But some countries take advantage of their unclear laws. The Chinese government regularly ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)   On her first visit to the city of Batumi, Ambassador Degnan met with educators, youth, journalists, civil society leaders, and elected officials. Her visit demonstrated the breadth and depth of the strong bond between the United States and Adjara, with ties in education, tourism, ... Read More»

20 years of aid: America’s ongoing support for Africa’s public health [video] (July 15)

20 years of aid: America’s ongoing support for Africa’s public health (July 15) Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested more than $100 billion in the health of sub-Saharan African nations. This makes the United States the largest donor in the world to sub-Saharan Africa and a  leading partner in fighting COVID-19 . The U.S. has already ... Read More»

What does it mean when your technology comes from China? (July 15)

What does it mean when your technology comes from China? (July 15) When your technology comes from companies headquartered in China, it often comes with strings attached. China’s National Intelligence Law  requires all Chinese companies to secretly cooperate  with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) intelligence services and security agencies. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo says that while the CCP has ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities (July 14)

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities (July 14)   The U.S. Embassy congratulates Parliament on adopting Georgia’s Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This law establishes fundamental principles to guide the government’s implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Tornike Rijvadze (July 14)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Tornike Rijvadze (July 14) Q-n about the meeting   Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very interesting meeting with Chairperson today.  This is my first visit to Adjara, my first visit to Batumi, a beautiful city, obviously very dynamic and exciting. I was very pleased to ... Read More»

Maduro steps up corruption, human rights violations (July 13)

Maduro steps up corruption, human rights violations (July 13)   The illegitimate Maduro regime continues to undermine both human rights and democracy in Venezuela. Enforced disappearances of Venezuelan civilians by the regime are on the rise, according to  a report by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group and Forno Penal , a Venezuelan human rights organization. The regime has kidnapped civilians it suspects of being political dissidents, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation to protect victims of child abuse, sexual exploitation, and trafficking (July 1

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation to protect victims of child abuse, sexual exploitation, and trafficking (July 13) The U.S. Embassy commends Parliament and its Human Rights & Civil Integration Committee, under the leadership of Sopo Kiladze, for adopting important legislation aimed at protecting victims of child abuse, sexual exploitation, and trafficking. ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan makes the first visit to Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (July 13)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan makes the first visit to Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (July 13)   This week, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan toured Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region for the first time. The purpose of the Ambassador’s visit was to explore this magnificent region of the country and to learn more about its economic potential. She ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Shooting/Detention along South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line (July 12)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Shooting/Detention along South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line (July 12)   U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is alarmed and deeply troubled by reports that Russian-led security forces shot, wounded, and detained a Georgian citizen on July 11 near the village of Kvemo Chala, along the administrative boundary line of Russian-occupied South Ossetia. We condemn ... Read More»

How to Develop Business Resiliency During the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 10)

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Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)

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UN Special Rapporteur Gives More Cause to Distrust UN Human Rights Mechanisms (July 9)

UN Special Rapporteur Gives More Cause to Distrust UN Human Rights Mechanisms (July 9) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE We reject the report and opinions released today by UN Special Rapporteur Callamard related to the U.S. strike that killed Islamic Republic Guard Corps Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani.  Ms. Callamard’s conclusions are spurious.  The strike that killed General Soleimani was in ... Read More»

FBI director: China’s economic espionage threatens free societies (July 9)

FBI director: China’s economic espionage threatens free societies (July 9)   America’s top law enforcement official is warning of the risks to free societies posed by the Chinese Communist Party’s espionage. This theft poses the greatest long-term threat to U.S. economic and national security, he says. In remarks to a Washington think tank July 7, ... Read More»

NASA names a building for a pioneering African American (July 8)

NASA names a building for a pioneering African American (July 8)   NASA has renamed its Washington headquarters to honor Mary W. Jackson, the first female African American engineer to work for the agency. Jackson was among four African American women recently awarded  Congressional Gold Medals  for their contributions to early space flight. Jackson and her colleagues were also ... Read More»

Five Years of Injustice Following China’s 709 Crackdown (July 8)

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Ambassador Degnan’s visit in Shida Kartli (July 7)

Ambassador Degnan’s visit in Shida Kartli (July 7)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan traveled to Georgia’s Shida Kartli region to participate in a U.S. Government-supported facility’s groundbreaking ceremony, visit a newly rehabilitated kindergarten, and join a round table discussion with women activists living near the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL). The Ambassador’s first stop was ... Read More»

U.S. Government supports Kombucha production business near the Administrative Boundary Line (July 7)

U.S. Government supports Kombucha production business near the Administrative Boundary Line (July 7)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of a new Kombucha production facility in the village of Karapila, located in the Kaspi municipality of Georgia’s Shida Kartli region. The new facility is supported by USAID and Startup Georgia ... Read More»

15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)

15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)   Fifteen years ago, the pediatric ward at the national hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, overflowed with children suffering from malaria, the leading cause of illness and death in the country. Pediatrician Dr. Lisine Tuyisenge remembers anemic babies doubled up in beds and even sick children on ... Read More»

Chinese media: Press or propagandists? (July 7)

Chinese media: Press or propagandists? (July 7)   Chinese state-run news organizations would like the world to think that they are independent and trustworthy. They are not. Many of these outlets work to spread  Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda  around the world, and their employees effectively work for the Chinese Communist Party. That was the conclusion of Secretary of State ... Read More»

Report: CCP conducts mass sterilization of minority women (July 6)

Report: CCP conducts mass sterilization of minority women (July 6)   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is conducting a campaign of mass sterilization of women as part of its repression of Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, a new report says. Using Chinese government documents and interviews with survivors, the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington ... Read More»

Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation (July 4)

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Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America (July 4)

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Statement on the Passage of OSCE/ODIHR-Based Election Reforms (July 2)

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Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook Visits Israel for Consultations on Iran (July 1)

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attended the 2020 Democracy Conference (July 1)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attended the 2020 Democracy Conference (July 1)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the 2020 Democracy Conference organized by the Georgian Institute of Politics to speak about the important role the United States plays in supporting Georgia’s democratization. The United States is deeply committed to Georgia’s democratic ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan and USAID Missions Director Peter Wiebler meet Minister of Education of Georgia (July 1)

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (June 30)

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (June 30)   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE At today’s fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey announced more than $696 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the UN Security Council on the Iran Arms Embargo (June 30)

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Taliban Deputy Mullah Baradar (June 30)

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U.S. works with partners to counter China’s aggressive behavior (June 30)

U.S. works with partners to counter China’s aggressive behavior (June 30)   The U.S. is committed to working with international partners to uphold core values and freedoms. According to a new report published by the White House with input from 20 departments and agencies, the U.S. seeks to protect the widely accepted international order against ... Read More»

NASA engineers develop a ventilator for COVID-19 patients (June 30)

NASA engineers develop a ventilator for COVID-19 patients (June 30)   A meeting over coffee at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has led to a ventilator prototype for COVID-19 patients,  according to NASA . Mechanical systems engineer David Van Buren and JPL chief engineer Rob Manning started discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and how they could help while in ... Read More»

America’s free press offers diverse views on protests (June 29)

America’s free press offers diverse views on protests (June 29)   The right to a free press is one of America’s most cherished liberties, fostering a wide-ranging discussion among citizens. When demonstrators in U.S. cities protested the May 25 death of George Floyd and other instances of police officers’ use of excessive force, America’s editors ... Read More»

Honoring heroes in the fight against human trafficking (June 29)

Honoring heroes in the fight against human trafficking (June 29) While governments are reporting the highest number of convictions for human trafficking and the lowest number of forced labor victims identified during 2019, certain governments are themselves acting as traffickers, a State Department report says. The  2020 Trafficking in Persons Report , released June 25, assesses 188 countries and territories, ... Read More»

Joint statement by the facilitators to the political dialogue on the passage of amendments to the electoral system (June 29)

Joint statement by the facilitators to the political dialogue on the passage of amendments to the electoral system (June 29)   We warmly congratulate the Parliament of Georgia on today’s adoption of Constitutional amendments designed to increase parliamentary pluralism and allow for a more representative legislature. We recognize that these amendments reflect difficult compromises by ... Read More»

Statement on the Passage of Georgian Constitutional Reform (June 29)

Statement on the Passage of Georgian Constitutional Reform (June 29) By Morgan Ortagus Office of the Spokesperson The United States applauds Georgia’s historic adoption of constitutional amendments that establish a more proportional electoral system. Enacted as a result of the important March 8 agreement among a majority of political parties, they will help promote greater ... Read More»

On China’s Threats to Impose Visa Restrictions on U.S. Officials (June 29)

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Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook visits the United Arab Emirates for Consultations on Iran (June 28)

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #18 on Flights and More

(NEW) Restrictions on International Commercial Flights Extended until July 31. Yesterday, the Government of Georgia announced that restrictions on international commercial flights will remain in place until July 31, due to the current pandemic situation globally. Likewise, the entry ban for foreign citizens and mandatory 14-day self-isolation for anyone arriving in the country from abroad ... Read More»

The Chinese Communist Party’s Ideology and Global Ambitions (June 26)

The Chinese Communist Party’s Ideology and Global Ambitions (June 26) Well, thank you Governor.  That was an extraordinarily kind introduction and for thinking of Kayla and her parents. We had them at the State of the Union. That was a very special occasion for the President and for all of us as Americans. What happened ... Read More»

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26)

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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restri

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan at opening of orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi (June 25)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan at opening of orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi (June 25) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan helped open a newly-constructed small group home – an orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi. Thanks to this project, children with disabilities will live in a home type environment and receive ... Read More»

Pompeo: U.S. ‘undaunted in our pursuit of bringing terrorists to justice’ (June 25)

Pompeo: U.S. ‘undaunted in our pursuit of bringing terrorists to justice’ (June 25)   The United States is working with countries around the world to combat terrorism through multilateral engagement and international organizations. “No administration has forged closer ties in our hemisphere and alliances working on important problems like counterterrorism,” said Secretary of State Michael ... Read More»

Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic] (June 25)

Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic] (June 25)   When U.S. citizens cast their presidential election ballots, they’ll be voting for someone like Hagner Mister or Rex Teter. You probably have not heard of Mister or Teter. In fact, most voters who chose them in 2016 did not know who they were. During the last presidential ... Read More»

President Trump orders police reforms (June 25)

President Trump orders police reforms (June 25)   President Trump has issued an executive order instituting nationwide police reforms to keep communities safe and ensure equal justice and treatment for all Americans. The  Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities  mandates that police departments will receive accredited training on de-escalation, use of force and community engagement. Additionally, a database will track police ... Read More»

U.S. funding of global health strengthens COVID-19 fight (June 25)

U.S. funding of global health strengthens COVID-19 fight (June 25)   The United States has donated $1.16 billion more to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to prevent the spread of infectious diseases worldwide. President Trump provided  a statement of support for Gavi at the public Gavi pledge conference , hosted by the United Kingdom, on June 4. Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development ... Read More»

At the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony (June 25)

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How long can the new coronavirus last on surfaces? This tool will tell you (June 24)

How long can the new coronavirus last on surfaces? This tool will tell you (June 24) A new online tool can estimate how long the virus that causes COVID-19 will survive on surfaces. The tool uses temperature and relative humidity to calculate the natural decay of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The U.S. Department ... Read More»

DTRA donates equipment to State Security Service of Georgia (June 24)

DTRA donates equipment to State Security Service of Georgia (June 24) U.S. Government continues to support the State Security Service of Georgia responsible for keeping the country safe from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). This week our Defense Threat Reduction Agency donated highly technical equipment to help Georgia with WMD detection and identification, as well ... Read More»

Rewards for Justice – Increased Reward Offer for Information on ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (June 24)

Rewards for Justice – Increased Reward Offer for Information on ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (June 24)   The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is increasing its reward – now up to $10 million — for information leading to the identification or location of ISIS’s new leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability on the Release of the 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism (June 24)

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UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook Brief UN Security Council on Efforts to Extend Iran Arms Embargo (June 24)

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The Charter of the United Nations turns 75 (June 23)

The Charter of the United Nations turns 75 (June 23)   When  the Charter of the United Nations  was signed on June 26, 1945, it set the stage for a post-World War II era dedicated to the resolution of international disputes by peaceful means. Fifty of the U.N.’s original 51 member countries signed the charter at the San Francisco Conference (Poland ... Read More»

USS Porter visits Batumi (June 23)

USS Porter visits Batumi (June 23) United States Ship (USS) Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Batumi for a scheduled port visit on June 23, as part of the United States’ continued Black Sea presence and support for our regional partners. The visit serves to highlight the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia by promoting regional peace ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Mayor Kakhi Kaladze (June 22)

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Economy Minister Natia Turnava (June 22)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Economy Minister Natia Turnava (June 22)   Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very substantive meeting with the Minister. We have so many areas of cooperation that we are already working on to contribute to Georgia’s economic development. Our goal is to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy hands over digital equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (June 22)

U.S. Embassy hands over digital equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (June 22) U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) handed over 89 computers and printers to the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health, and Social Affairs of Georgia in support of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) elimination program, ... Read More»

Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak (June 22)

Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak (June 22)   The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted Americans’ livelihoods.  Since March 2020, United States businesses and their workers have faced extensive disruptions while undertaking certain public health measures necessary to flatten the curve ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement Regarding Electoral Reform (June 21)

U.S. Embassy Statement Regarding Electoral Reform (June 21) U.S. Embassy Tbilisi congratulates the Members of Parliament who today approved the first reading of Constitutional amendments related to Georgia’s electoral system. It is an important first step towards greater parliamentary pluralism. We hope the amendments will be adopted with broad support, and encourage all sides to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy statement on the anniversary of June 20 events (June 20)

U.S. Embassy statement on the anniversary of June 20 events (June 20) June 20 marks one year since thousands marched on Rustaveli Avenue to protest Russia’s continued occupation of Georgian territory. As we mark this day, on which hundreds were injured, we stand with the Georgian people and their calls to end Russian aggression and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #17 on COVID and More

Ambassador’s Virtual Town Hall: Thanks to those who tuned in on Wednesday or sent questions for our Virtual Town Hall as Ambassador Degnan and Consular staff discussed absentee voting, the current COVID situation and more. If you missed it, the recording is available on YouTube here and key information is repeated below. VOTING: Make your vote ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia   Location: Parliament-downtown Tbilisi, June 20, 2020 Event: A large rally entitled “Together Against Occupation” is scheduled to take place in front of the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi on Saturday, June 20 at approximately 1900 hours.  The event is being held to commemorate the ... Read More»

IAEA Board of Governors Adopts Resolution, Calls on Iran To Cooperate Without Further Delay (June 19)

IAEA Board of Governors Adopts Resolution, Calls on Iran To Cooperate Without Further Delay (June 19)   Today, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution calling on Iran to provide IAEA inspectors the information and access they have requested and that Iran is obligated to provide. Iran’s denial ... Read More»

Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19 (June 19)

Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19 (June 19)   The United States has been, and continues to be, the undisputed leader in global foreign assistance, and our leadership in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues that record of generosity. Today, we’re providing approximately $93 million in new humanitarian assistance to bolster our ... Read More»

Europe and the China Challenge (June 19)

Europe and the China Challenge (June 19) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STAT VIRTUAL COPENHAGEN DEMOCRACY SUMMIT COPENHAGEN DEMOCRACY SUMMIT MR RASMUSSEN:  It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome our next speaker, the American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.  Good morning, Mr. Secretary.  I think it’s morning in your time zone. I know you’ve been traveling from Hawaii where you ... Read More»

Briefing with Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James L. Richardson and Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration

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This Week in Iran Policy (June 19)

This Week in Iran Policy (June 19)   “Iran has a choice:  It can answer the IAEA’s questions and comply with the legitimate requests for access, let inspectors travel freely, and be transparent about its activity, or Iran can take its current path of stonewalling and deception.  This, however, will only increase Iran’s diplomatic isolation.  ... Read More»

USDA strengthens Georgia’s Food Safety System during COVID-19 pandemic (June 19)

USDA strengthens Georgia’s Food Safety System during COVID-19 pandemic (June 19)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Caucasus Agricultural Development Initiative, funded by the U.S Department of State, is assisting Georgia’s efforts to improve its food safety systems using distance coaching modules led by international food safety laboratory specialist Dr. Janie Dubois. Incorporating a risk-based food ... Read More»

Father’s Day, 2020 (June 19)

Father’s Day, 2020 (June 19)   Fathers are instrumental in helping prepare children for life, instilling in them the values essential to one day becoming responsible, grounded, and successful adults. As a Nation, we are grateful to the men dedicated to raising well‑rounded children. On Father’s Day, we honor and celebrate our fathers and father ... Read More»

U.S. museum helps Americans discuss race (June 18)

U.S. museum helps Americans discuss race (June 18)   When were you first made aware of race? And as a child, how did you make sense of human differences? These are among the questions you’ll encounter in  Talking About Race , a newly launched online portal from the  Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture . The website provides tools to help Americans lead constructive ... Read More»

Juneteenth: Remembering the end of slavery (June 18)

Juneteenth: Remembering the end of slavery (June 18)   Juneteenth, or June 19th, is an annual holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On this date in 1865, slavery ended in Texas nearly three years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, issued September 22, 1862. John Buttre’s engraving of Union Major General ... Read More»

The United States provides $1 Million in Assistance to Georgia to respond to COVID-19 (June 18)

The United States provides $1 Million in Assistance to Georgia to respond to COVID-19 (June 18)   Tbilisi – The United States Government has committed $1 million in additional funding through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia.  The new assistance, delivered in partnership with ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan hosts a virtual meeting with U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni of Georgia (June 17)

Ambassador Degnan hosts a virtual meeting with U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni of Georgia (June 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan hosted a virtual meeting with the board of the U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG). Ambassador Degnan commended EPAG members on their active work, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when ... Read More»

Readout from the Vice President’s and Second Lady’s Call to NASA Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (June 17)

Readout from the Vice President’s and Second Lady’s Call to NASA Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (June 17)   Today, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence led a call with the three NASA astronauts who are currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Participants dialing in from the ISS included NASA ... Read More»

U.S. officials answer calls for police reform (June 17)

U.S. officials answer calls for police reform (June 17)   State and local officials in the United States are responding to citizens’ calls for more law-enforcement accountability. By design, U.S. law enforcement is responsive to American citizens. There are more than 17,000 city, county, state and federal police agencies in the United States, each with ... Read More»

U.S. partners support Venezuelan refugees and their host countries (June 17)

U.S. partners support Venezuelan refugees and their host countries (June 17)   Venezuelans who fled their country to escape  poverty , political repression and crippling inflation caused by the illegitimate Maduro regime struggle to support themselves. That’s why the United States is funding nongovernmental organizations to help displaced Venezuelans start new careers in new countries. The ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Kakheti (June 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Kakheti (June 16)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made another trip out of Tbilisi to get to know Georgia’s unique regions. In Telavi, the Ambassador met with Telavi Mayor Shota Nareklishvili and Kakheti Governor Irakli Kadagishvili to discuss the region’s plans for tourism development, economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan attends closing ceremony of GDP-RSM Certification Exercise at Vaziani (June 15)

Ambassador Degnan attends closing ceremony of GDP-RSM Certification Exercise at Vaziani (June 15) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan had the honor of attending a ceremony marking the completion of the Certification Exercise for the Georgia Deployment Program – Resolute Support Mission (GDP-RSM). This exercise is another bright point in the more than 10-year history of this ... Read More»

The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)

The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)   The United States is outraged by the decision of a Russian court today to convict U.S. citizen Paul Whelan after a secret trial, with secret evidence, and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses. We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of ... Read More»

The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election (June 15)

The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election (June 15)   Free elections are the path out of Venezuela’s deep political crisis.  Unfortunately, on June 12, the Maduro regime-controlled Supreme Court continued to manipulate the Venezuelan Constitution by illegally naming a new, regime-aligned National Electoral Council (CNE). Venezuelans deserve an ... Read More»

Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (June 15)

Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (June 15)   First Lady Melania Trump is excited to announce Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, an exhibit honoring the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. The exhibit will ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #16 on Flights

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #16 on Flights (June 12, 2020) Embassy Operations: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi continues to provide passport, citizenship and emergency services for U.S. citizens, and emergency visa appointments on a very limited basis. Please  contact us  if you have any questions or to make an appointment. (UPDATE) Coming to Georgia in July: On ... Read More»

Proclamation on Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2020 (June 12)

Proclamation on Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2020 (June 12) On Flag Day and throughout National Flag Week, we pay tribute to the American flag, the most recognizable symbol of the principles for which our Republic stands.  For more than 200 years, the Stars and Stripes has represented liberty, justice, and the rule of law.  Recently, as ... Read More»

Police leaders march in solidarity with peaceful protesters (June 11)

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President Donald J. Trump and His Administration are Empowering Women to Enhance Peace and Prosperity Around the World (June 11)

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State Department Releases Women, Peace, and Security Implementation Plan (June 11)

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U.S. Diplomatic Leadership in Support of Women, Peace, and Security (June 11)

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Gori (June 11)

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DCM Rood and Col. Bagley visit the newly renovated clinic in Lamiskana, near ABL (June 11)

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Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker On the U.S.-Iraq Dialogue and Developments in Libya (June 11)

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Joint Statement on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue (June 11)

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Pompeo: No country cares more for religious freedom (June 10)

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2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Georgia (June 10)

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U.S. launches space plane on scientific mission (June 9)

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On China’s Attempted Coercion of the United Kingdom (June 9)

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Georgia COVID-19 Update #15

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U.S. relief groups protect most vulnerable from COVID-19 (June 8)

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World Ocean Day 2020 (June 8)

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United States Designates Key Iranian Shipping Entities Under Proliferation Authority as Tehran Continues To Expand Proliferation Sensitive Activities

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On the Chinese Communist Party’s Obscene Propaganda (June 6)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the death of George Floyd and protests in the United States (June 6)

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World Environment Day 2020

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120+ countries support probe into origins of COVID-19 (June 5)

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U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation donates vehicles to Mtskheta and Dusheti municipalities (June 6)

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“We train together – we fight together”. Joint Georgian and U.S. military preparation efforts and training before deploying (June 5)

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Virtual Pacific Islands Dialogue on COVID-19 Assistance (June 4)

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Joint Communique by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group (June 4)

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Secretary Pompeo delivered opening remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group (June 4)

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Volunteers from Georgian community in U.S., as well as Georgian Embassy in Washington, prepare, deliver, and serve Supra for patient battling leukemia

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Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe (June 4)

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Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Recovery (June 3)

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Partners on COVID-19 (June 3)

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31st Anniversary of  Tiananmen Square (June 3)

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Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom (June 2)

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A historic first, NASA sends astronauts to space aboard private craft (June 1)

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Statement by the President (June 1)

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Celebrating Police Day (May 31)

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U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31)

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Remarks by President Trump After Viewing SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 Launch (May 30)

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USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)

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Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)

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NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer (May 29)

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 (May 29)

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In Defense of Democracy in Venezuela (May 29)

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This Week in Iran Policy (May 29)

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Lifting arms embargo on Iran will fuel regime’s terrorism (May 28)

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U.S. collaborates with international community on COVID-19 [video] (May 27)

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Statement on continued ‘borderization’ activities along ABL, as well as disinformation campaign against Lugar Center

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Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook And Assistant Secretary for International Security and No

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Freedom Online Coalition Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom (May 27)

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Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group (May 27)

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Hon. Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission For the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad congratulates Georgians on Indep (May 26)

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan offers heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on the 102nd anniversary of Georgian Independence (May 26)

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Georgia National Day (May 26)

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This Week in Iran Policy (May 22)

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U.S. Participates in the International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants (May 22)

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Iran’s Assassinations and Terrorist Activity Abroad (May 22)

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ALERT: State of Emergency Lifted; Some Restrictions Continue

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U.S. leads world in intellectual property protection (May 21)

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Briefing With Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy on U.S. Support for Combating COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa (May 21)

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U.S. faith-based groups fight COVID-19 worldwide (May 20)

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Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)

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Ambassador Degnan’s opening remarks during her virtual press conference (May 20)

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #13 on Flight Availability

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The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air’s Operations in China (May 19)

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 (May 19)

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How to prevent another failure of democracy in Venezuela (May 18)

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Media Advisory – Ambassador Degnan’s Virtual Press Conference

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DTRA Donates $500,000 in Personal Protective Equipment to Assist Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 18)

This month the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) delivered nearly $500,000 in personal protective equipment to the Georgian Border Police, Emergency Management Services, State Laboratory of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Internal Affairs. This equipment included goggles, safety shields, disinfection spray, respirator units, infrared thermometers, and coverall suits. This assistance will help ... Read More»

U.S. scientists collaborate in worldwide search for COVID-19 cure (May 18)

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Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 15)

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U.S. researchers map COVID-19 cases to predict future needs (May 15)

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U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)

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Remarks by President Trump on Vaccine Development (May 15)

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LGBTQI+ rights need attention during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond (May 15)

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ALERT: Extension of Prohibition on Car Traffic until April 27; State of Emergency until May 22

ALERT: Extension of Prohibition on Car Traffic until April 27; State of Emergency until May 22 (April 21, 2020)   Location: Georgia, countrywide  Event: The Georgian government announced today that the prohibition on car traffic has been extended until 6:00am on Monday, April 27. This includes taxis but does not apply to cargo transportation and delivery ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 18)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Borderization Efforts on Good Friday (April 17)

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This Week in Iran Policy (April 17)

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Proclamation on Days Of Remembrance Of Victims Of The Holocaust, 2020 (April 17)

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ALERT: Prohibition on Car Traffic starting 12 noon Friday, April 17

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Statement by the Political Directors of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group (April 16)

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UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (April 16)

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Release of U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19 (April 16

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Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; Deputy Assistant Secretary Hugo Yon, Burea

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U.S. Embassy statement on Irakli Okruashvili (April 14)

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COVID-19:  Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 14)

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 14)

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Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Recovered COVID-19 Patients (April 14)

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Political Situation in Iraq (April 13)

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U.S. increases global COVID-19 Aid (April 13)

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Ambassador Degnan speaks about U.S. Aid for Georgia’s COVID-19 response (April 13)

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Georgia’s Intellectual Property Agency continues to operate thanks to U.S. Government assistance project (April 13)

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U.S. Assistance to Italy (April 11)

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Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung, Bureau of Western He

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 10)

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to the press after meeting with Minister of Health on (April 10)

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U.S. Scientists are getting closer to a vaccine to keep the world safe from COVID-19 (April 10)

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Iranian academics blame regime for COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (April 9)

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U.S. stands with ASEAN to control the new Coronavirus (April 9)

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USAID Partnering with Enterprise Georgia to Combat COVID-19 (April 9)

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Lugar Center supports Georgian NCDC on COVID-19 response (April 9)

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Spirit of America,in coordination with U.S. Civil-Military Support Element, donates personal protective equipment to clinic in Akhaltskhikhe (April 9)

Spirit of America, in coordination with U.S. Civil-Military Support Element, donates personal protective equipment to a clinic in Akhaltskhikhe (April 8)    Since 2018, U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Civil-Military Support Element (CMSE) has been cooperating with the Democrat Women’s Organization (DWO), which operates a women’s health clinic in Akhaltsikhe. The clinic primarily supports women’s health and conducts cancer screenings for the Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Since the outbreak ... Read More»

Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response Through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance (April 8)

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Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On the Release of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Report on Syria (April 8)

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U.S. companies helped China in its time of need (April 7)

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 7)

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United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 7)

The United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 7)   The State Department has designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) and members of its leadership as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, the first time in history the Department has designated a white supremacist terrorist group. As President Trump has said, “In one ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Chat for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Kelly Degnan

Message for U.S. Citizens: SAVE THE DATE – Virtual Town Hall Chat for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Kelly Degnan    U.S. citizens in Georgia are invited to participate in a “virtual” Town Hall Meeting and live, online chat opportunity with U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Kelly Degnan.  Submit your questions in advance to AskConsulTbilisi@state.gov , OR during the chat, you can log in ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 6)

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Joint Statement from Co-Chairs of the ASEAN- U.S. High Level Interagency Video Conference to Counter COVID-19 (April 6)

Joint Statement from Co-Chairs of the ASEAN- U.S. High Level Interagency Video Conference to Counter COVID-19 (April 6)   The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States and Vietnam as Co-Chairs of the ASEAN – U.S. High-level Interagency Video Conference to Counter COVID-19 held on April 1, 2020. ... Read More»

Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Amb. Sales On the U.S. Designation of Russian Imperial Movement And its Leaders as Global Terrorists

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Iran’s Sanctions Relief Scam (April 6)

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 5)

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #3 on Flight Availability

IMPORTANT: If you are a U.S. citizen currently in Georgia and are trying to get to the United States, please contact the embassy now.  All U.S. citizens in Georgia: These are uncertain times, and the world is facing unprecedented challenges. Your safety and welfare are our highest priorities.  Please (please) enroll in our  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  so you will receive emails from ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy (April 3)

This Week in Iran Policy (April 3)   “… As we’ve said for the detainees in Iran, now is the most appropriate moment to use this humanitarian challenge as a reason to allow these people to return to their families and their loved ones. State Department’s working hard to get them back.” -Secretary of State ... Read More»

Restoring free and fair elections in Venezuela (April 2)

Restoring free and fair elections in Venezuela (April 2)   The United States released a framework that builds upon the proposals put forward by the interim government of Venezuela for a path to free and fair presidential elections in that country. “This framework can provide a path that ends the suffering and opens the path ... Read More»

Briefing With Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (April 2)

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To Walk the Earth in Safety: New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction (April 2)

To Walk the Earth in Safety: New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction (April 2)   The  Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement  in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs released the 19th Edition of  To Walk the Earth in Safety , a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.  For over 20 years, ... Read More»

America’s small businesses shift production to aid COVID-19 fight (April 2)

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IAEA to Ship Vital Testing Equipment to Countries in the Fight against COVID-19 (April 1)

IAEA to Ship Vital Testing Equipment to Countries in the Fight against COVID-19 (April 1)   The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is dispatching a first batch of equipment to more than 40 countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This emergency assistance is part ... Read More»

Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31)

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USAID Support for Central Election Commission under Elections and Political Processes Program (March 31)

USAID Support for Central Election Commission under Elections and Political Processes Program (March 31)   Cybersecurity is crucial to protecting democracy. Today, Georgia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) signed an agreement with UGT, a private-sector IT company, to provide critical software and hardware to protect the country’s democratic elections from external malign influence. Electoral cybersecurity is ... Read More»

Iran’s regime refuses virus aid, slighting its people (March 31)

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The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 (March 31)

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U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19 (March 31)

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia Event:  On March 30, the government of Georgia announced additional restrictive measures on movement and gatherings throughout the country in a continuing attempt to contain and curtail the outbreak of COVID-19.  The language of the announcement is available on its website (Georgian only). The restrictions include the following: Effective March 31 at 8:00 a.m., ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #2 on Flight Availability

If you are currently in Georgia and are trying to get to the United States, please contact the embassy The U.S. Embassy has confirmed availability of seats on commercial flights leaving Georgia on the dates below. Please contact the airlines or a travel agent directly to book these flights. These are not U.S. government-operated or funded flights. Availability and ... Read More»

Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear Program Continued (March 30)

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Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in a Press Briefing (March 30)

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 29)

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Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19 (March 29)

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U.S. private sector ramps up to respond to COVID-19 (March 28)

U.S. private sector ramps up to respond to COVID-19 (March 28)   The U.S. private sector is facing the challenge posed by the COVID-19 virus head-on. As medical staff care for patients across the country, the need for protective N95 disposable respirators is skyrocketing. In response, the manufacturing giant Honeywell is ramping up its production ... Read More»

CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)

CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has successfully engaged with its Georgian counterparts for years. We are proud to support the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health, and the latest training ... Read More»

Briefing On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 27)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 27)   MS ORTAGUS: Thanks, everybody, and sorry for our tardiness. We keep having a little bit ... Read More»

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center On Disinformation and Propaganda Related to COVID-19 (March 27)

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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center On Disinformation and Propaganda Related to COVID-19 (March 27)

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The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (March 27)

The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (March 27)   Excerpt: Georgia: $1.1 million in health funding will help prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, bolster risk communication, and more. The United States has provided nearly $139 million in health assistance ... Read More»

America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)

America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)   America’s National Guard is on the front lines of the “whole-of-America” fight against the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These Americans demonstrate the Guard’s dual role to be prepared to respond to domestic emergencies as well as U.S. military missions abroad. A unique element of the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. supercomputers take aim at Coronavirus (March 27)

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 26)

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Message for U.S. Citizens: New Flight Availability to London

The Embassy has received updated information regarding upcoming commercial outbound flights from Tbilisi on Georgian Airways. Seats should now be available for purchase on the following: 31 March – Tbilisi to Amsterdam 4 April – Tbilisi to London (NEW) If you are seeking to depart Georgia, contact Georgian Airways directly (head office located at Rustaveli Ave. #12, Tbilisi) or ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces $1.1 Million in Emergency Health Assistance to Georgia (March 26)

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Visa Applicants who pose a risk of transmitting Novel Corona Virus

On March 11, 2020, President Trump determined that the potential for widespread transmission of the coronavirus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States threatens the security of the homeland. The President issued Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 9993, which suspends entry to nearly all foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, and certain ... Read More»

U.S. leadership on global health is unmatched (March 26)

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U.S. and French colleagues work together on COVID-19 cure (March 26)

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Open communication key during public health crises (March 26)

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